YOGA CHALLENGE

Recap: Days 005-008

01/16/2015

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Today was another day of high emotions for me.  I think it’s a mix of hormones and just being exhausted.  Although we are sleeping an average of 8 hours a night it still doesn’t feel like enough.  I’m sure my body is laughing at me and scolding me for all the previous bad nights of sleep I’ve had.  I’m working really diligently on creating a solid sleep routine so that I can get into a better state.  As for my body, I can definitely feel changes taking place and my body is sore from the work I am putting it through.  It feels very rewarding.

Food:  Our morning juice was an apple, carrot, pineapple and spinach blend, one of our favorites so far.  Throughout the day I snacked on cashews, a banana, celery and peanut butter, hummus and carrots, and dark chocolate!  For lunch I had vegan chili and tortilla chips.  For dinner I made sauteed mushrooms and onions on top of quinoa and rice – yum!

Exercise: Today’s detox felt amazing.  I felt so into the video and disconnected from the outdoor life.  I closed my eyes through most of it.  Hardcore was awesome as well.  I felt the fire in my belly and kept pushing through.  I’m already starting to see gains in regards to my planking ability.

 

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My spirit was a lot lighter today.  The wave of hormones seems to backing off and I am feeling a bit more rested.  I spent some good quality time with the kiddos today riding bikes and playing the Oregon  Trail (totally old school!).  I am also truly loving the daily yoga.  It allows me the opportunity to unwind and let go.  I can really notice a difference already.

Food: Our morning juice was horrible.  We had a mango, brocolli, spinach, apple, and carrots.  It turns out the mango was not ripe and so it wasn’t sweet at all, but we suffered through.  I snacked on almonds, peanuts, a fruit and nut bar, a banana, peanut butter and celery, and a grapefruit – I was hungry!  For lunch I had vegan chili on top of a sweet potato with a few tortilla chips on the side.  For dinner I made spiraled squash topped with spaghetti sauce, broccoli, red peppers, and carrots.

Exercise: I enjoyed the vitality class.  I really am starting to feel a lot more connected overall with the yoga practice.  It’s nice doing the practice with my husband, although at times it’s very humbling as we both have different strengths and weaknesses within each class.

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In preparation to my in-laws visiting tomorrow we decided to shift our yoga to the morning.  It definitely feels different doing it in the morning.  I am pretty sore today after completing the first week, so I took some time out to take an Epsom Salt bath.  I think I’m going to do this more often.  Also, since we’ve started the challenge, we’ve really made it a point to go to bed with the house clean, which feels amazing to wake up to.  We are starting to get in a good rhythm and I’m eager to see how we progress.

Food:  This morning’s juice was a blend of carrots, pineapple, mango, apple, and broccoli and it was delicious.  I snacked on greek yogurt, an orange, peanut butter and celery, and hummus and peppers.  For lunch I had sauteed mushrooms and onions on top of quinoa and rice again, as I had leftovers from Monday.  And for dinner I made a similar blend of sauteed onions and mushrooms and put them over a bed of super greens with feta cheese sprinkled on top!  It was so good!

Exercise:   We had Mountain Pose and Pranayama Meditation today which eased us into the morning workout routine.  It was very gentle on our bodies.  Unfortunately though, during the Pranayama Meditation, my right leg fell asleep, so there was a good portion that my leg was asleep and/or shooting with pins and needles, which made it a bit of a challenge to be mindful in my meditation practice.
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This morning we had to get up very early as I work at the counseling center on Thursdays and Fridays and have to be at the office by 8.  This means a wake up call close to 5 am, so that we can shower, juice, get breakfast, get the kids up and dressed, and get them to school on time before heading to work.  It was a bit of a challenge today because my body hasn’t had a full day to warm up.  I am much stiffer during morning yoga so I have to be even more mindful not to push my body to far too fast.

Food:  Today we juiced beats for the first time.  We blended it with cucumber, carrots, pineapple, and apple and was surprisingly good!  I snacked on greek yogurt, cherries, grapes, hummus and peppers.  For lunch I had almonds and a grapefruit.  For dinner we had baked broccoli and stuffed chicken (with feta, cream cheese, and scallions) and a Gluten free cookie (only 4g of sugar!).

Exercise: It took me longer to warm up during the Cross Train this morning, but once I was warm I noticed that I was have a much easier time progressing through the movements.  I have also realized that my form is getting better as I am more cognizant to keeping my elbows in and not hammocking my back.  We left hardcore til the evening and I was pumped to make it through about 18 reps for each exercise this time.  I still had to take a knee towards the end of the plank though.

 

 

 

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